BFI NETWORK Talent Executive



Salary: £37,000 (pro rata)

Watershed are looking for a BFI NETWORK Talent Executive to lead  BFI NETWORK South West alongside another Talent Executive.

Watershed’s first value is Inclusive – we are people led. We listen to and engage with the broadest range of people. The information below lays out some of the steps we are taking to create a more inclusive recruitment process. Many of these steps are new to us, so feedback and questions are very welcome.

You may not have worked in a cultural organisation before, or in an organisation like Watershed. Please still consider applying as many other sectors offer transferable contexts.

If you are from a background that is underrepresented in the culture sector – for example you are from a community that experiences racism or you are a disabled person (as defined by the Equalities Act 2010), or you did not go to University or had free school meals as a child – and you would like support to articulate how your experience is transferable to this role, you can book time with us to discuss it. We will ensure the person you meet is not involved in the recruitment process. Please request this by emailing (we will not ask you to disclose your background).

We believe our work will be stronger with greater diversity and welcome applications from those who bring balance to our team. Watershed welcomes the whole person to work, and we understand that each of us brings our experiences, our backgrounds and our own unique lens to what we do. Supporting our staff means they are not appointed to represent specific groups or organisations.

Purpose of job

The post-holder will lead BFI NETWORK South West alongside another Talent Executive, with a focus on discovering and developing talented writers, directors, producers and other creatives from across the region at the start of their filmmaking careers.

The two Talent Executives will work collaboratively to manage the assessment of applications and the development of funded projects for short film production and the development of feature film concepts; providing editorial expertise on funded projects and supporting professional development, including progress from short films towards features. They will provide creative and related oversight of funded work to ensure the strongest possible outcomes from the support provided, and input into partnerships and outreach activity. The existing Talent Executive will lead on managing reporting, budgeting, freelancers, and the day-to-day workflow of the Talent Comms and Outreach Coordinator with input and support from this new role.

The post-holder will place inclusivity at the core of talent development and commissioning to ensure that the widest range of people are aware of, and can access, the funding and networks and that the regional offer is as responsive to their needs as possible.

The role will be based at Watershed in Bristol*, Film Hub Lead Organisation for the region. The two Talent Executives will share all key responsibilities outlined below and both report to the Executive Producer, with guidance and support from the UK-wide BFI NETWORK, the Talent Comms & Outreach Coordinator and the wider Watershed team.

*Note that there is flexibility around hybrid working. The current Watershed approach is for part- time staff to work 1-2 days per week in-venue, but this may evolve in line with the wider operating context.

For more info on the role please see the full listing our website.


Please apply online, or alternatively, download the application form in Word and email it to

Do get in touch if you would like any of this information, or wish to apply, in another format.

Please do not include your CV as it will not be considered. Please put all relevant information on your application form.

We will be conducting short interviews with all applicants who meet the essential criteria. A shortlist will then be invited to a longer second interview.

First round interview / presentation (if relevant):  – 

Second round interview: 

The closing date for this position is 20/03/2023 at 17:00

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